A groundbreaking ceremony was held at Westminster Village, Wednesday, May 18th at 2 p.m. for the long-awaited expansion to their community. Speakers included West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis, Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker, Westminster Village Board President Sandy Fights, and Executive Director Ben Blankenship. Seventy-six guests were in attendance including the Westminster Village Board of Directors, Resident Council, and regional management from Life Care Services. A reception followed the groundbreaking ceremony.
Indiana State Rep. Sheila Klinker presented Ben Blankenship and Westminster Village with a commemoration from the State of Indiana adding, “This new facility is a great step for future clients. It is my honor to congratulate you… I am very proud of having such a dynamic organization in our community!”
West Lafayette Mayor, John Dennis shared, “That growing up in the neighborhood he has watched Westminster Village grow up along with him,” adding a quip that received many laughs, “with the rate they (Westminster) are growing, soon we will be the City of West Lafayette in the Village of Westminster Village!” He went on to say that “Westminster Village is adding value to our city and community with the addition of much-needed services in Memory Care and Assisted Living.”
Westminster Village has expanded many times throughout its 45-year history in its mission to be the preeminent retirement community for living well in the greater Lafayette area. After several years of planning, construction has begun to expand our Assisted Living from 38 to 61 apartment homes and add a secure 14-unit Memory Care Community featuring our award-winning Heartfelt Connections Memory Care programming. All areas have been designed with the latest in technological advancements and space design to ease the symptoms of those living with Alzheimer’s Disease and cognitive decline. Along with the expansion, they are also undertaking a full renovation of the main Social Center that holds the main entry to campus, the concierge desk, Mendelsohn Hall, Whitsel Hall, the Crossroads Dining Room, and the Village Pub. Within the newly renovated spaces will be an outdoor patio area designed with the students from the Purdue School of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture over the past year that will consist of a fire feature and multiple seating areas with shade opportunities. These projects are part of a multi-year master plan for the community at large completed in March of 2020. The construction is being completed and managed by Pepper Construction with architectural design by American Structure Point.
Ben Blankenship, the Executive Director who has been with Westminster Village since 2013 stated the following: “The mission of Westminster Village is to be the preeminent community for living well. Today’s announcement will position the Village to be the leader in the area in all levels of care including assisted living and memory care. Today is a historic day for Westminster Village”.